Women and Hollywood


Melissa Silverstein is the founder and editor of Women and Hollywood, one of the most respected sites for issues related to women and film as well as other areas of pop culture. Women and Hollywood educates, advocates, and agitates for gender parity across the entertainment industry.

She is also the co-founder and Artistic Director of The Athena Film Festival. The 4th annual festival took place from February 6-9, 2014 at Barnard College in NYC.

Melissa recently published the first book from Women and Hollywood, In Her Voice: Women Directors Talk Directing, which is a compilation of over 40 interviews that have appeared on the site.

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Women and Hollywood

Trailer Watch: Full Trailer for Black Nativity - Directed by Kasi Lemmons

Kasi Lemmons' Black Nativity is based on Langston Hughes' infamous retelling of the Nativity story with an all black cast.
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  • September 30, 2013 3:00 PM
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TIFF Interview with Megan Griffiths and Emily Wachtel - Director and Writer of Lucky Them

Lucky Them tells the story of a stuck in place music writer played by the extraordinary Toni Collette. The film is directed by the wonderfully talented Megan Griffiths who directed the terrific film Eden. It's a story everyone can relate to, how do you move forward with you life, when something is holding you back?
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • September 30, 2013 2:00 PM
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Trailer Watch: Sunlight Jr. - Written and Directed by Laurie Collyer

Laurie Collyer's Sunlight Jr. is her latest film following up 2006's Sherrybaby starring Maggie Gyllenhaal.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • September 30, 2013 1:00 PM
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Cross Post: The State of the Race: Will There be a Hillary Effect on the Oscar Race?

Imagine as we enter Oscar race 2013 three strong films written and directed by women, with leading women at the forefront, one of which is crowned the early frontrunner to win. Imagine an Oscar race where it didn't matter anymore. Maybe it's the same year Kathryn Bigelow, Angelina Jolie and Jane Campion all have Oscar frontrunners.
  • By Sasha Stone
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  • September 30, 2013 12:00 PM
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Must Watch: SNL Girls Parody with Tina Fey

Over the weekend, Tina Fey hosted the first new episode of the latest season of Saturday Night Live.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • September 30, 2013 11:10 AM
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Kimberly Peirce: "How Many More Movies Could I Have Made?"

Yesterday, the NY Times Magazine featured a profile of director Kimberly Peirce as she readies the release of the remake of Carrie starring Chloe Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • September 30, 2013 10:00 AM
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Weekly Update for September 27: Women Centric, Directed and Written Films Playing Near You

Films About Women Opening This Weekend
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  • September 27, 2013 4:00 PM
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Cinema Eye Announces 15 Nonfiction Short Film Finalists

Cinema Eye has announced the 15 nonfiction short film finalists for their 2014 Honor for Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Short Filmmaking.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • September 27, 2013 3:00 PM
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Gamechanger Films to Fund Women Directed Films

A new movie fund, Gamechanger Films, is set to fund women directed films only. It's the first fund to specifically focus on women directors.
  • By Melissa Silverstein and Kerensa Cadenas
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  • September 27, 2013 2:00 PM
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TV Trailer Watch: Homeland Season 3

The official trailer for season 3 of Homeland has been released just in time for the season premiere.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • September 27, 2013 1:00 PM
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